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The editors of Call and Response: The Scholarly Journal of the National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA) solicit research of publishable quality that addresses areas of intellectual or social concern to communities and persons of African descent. We conceive of Call and Response as a unique space for interdisciplinary conversation among scholars of African descent and others who engage work relevant to these communities. As an interdisciplinary publication, we welcome work from business, education, engineering, fine arts, health and medicine, humanities, law, science, social science, and other fields and disciplines.

  • All published manuscripts will undergo a double-blind, peer review process.
  • Given our interdisciplinary scope, manuscripts will be reviewed by at least one referee in the contributor’s broad disciplinary area and one referee in another discipline.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the author(s) and should not be simultaneously under consideration, either in whole or in part, for publication in another journal.
  • All manuscripts should be no more than 7500 words, double-spaced, 13-point font, Times New Roman and should use the citation style most appropriate to the contributor’s discipline (e.g. APA, Chicago, MLA, or Turabian). If there is no standard of citation in the contributor’s discipline, the manuscript should be submitted using the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2009).
  • Authors are required to include an abstract of 150-200 words plus up to six keywords suitable for indexing and online search purposes. 
  • The author's name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address should be included ONLY in an accompanying cover letter or email. The manuscript itself must not include these identifiers. 
  • Manuscripts should be submitted no later than 11:59pm on February 15, 2013.
  • If the manuscript is accepted, please note that at least one author must be a member of the National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA) at the time of publication. For more information about NBGSA or to become a member, please visit the membership page.

Book Review Proposals

Call and Response also publishes reviews of books—especially new or recent scholarship that takes an inter- or multi-disciplinary approach to the study of people of African descent. Book reviews should be 1000-1500 words and must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on February 15, 2013.

Please send manuscripts and book reviews via email attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Authors will be advised of disposition within four to six weeks of submission, and the annual edition of Call and Response will be published in June 2013.


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